Nottingham City Homes resident and Board Vice Chair Sarita-Marie Rehman-Wall, of Highbury Vale, braved the freezing weather conditions in London last week to attend and speak at the launch of the Benefit to Society campaign.
The campaign aims to dispel the myths and stereotypes that exist about social housing tenants, many of which arise from people who live in social housing being unfairly portrayed by the media.
The launch, at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, was attended by MPs, social housing residents and housing professionals from across the country. Housing Minister Dominic Raab was also there, and delivered a keynote speech about the positive contribution that social housing residents make to their communities.
Nottingham MP Alex Norris was in attendance, and alongside other MPs, pledged his support to the campaign.
Ms Rehman-Wall, who is involved in community work across Nottingham, says, “This event was really inspiring for everyone who managed to get there through the snow! I was asked to read a poem I had written about being a social housing tenant, which was very well-received. I was immensely proud to be able to fly the flag for Nottingham City Homes and to be a voice for my fellow residents.
“The road ahead is long and arduous, but after this event, I’m confident that our voice will be heard, and that we will, at long last, get the fair press we so rightly deserve.”
Alex Norris MP, Member of Parliament for Nottingham North, says, “There are 3.9 million households living in social housing – that’s 17 per cent of the UK as a whole. It's time to end social housing stereotypes.”
To see more about Sarita-Marie Rehman-Wall’s contribution to the Benefit to Society campaign, go here.
To download the Guide to Reporting on Social Housing that has been produced by people living in social housing to help journalists and other media workers to report fairly, go here.